What is art? Is it a perfect painting? Is it a touching song? One thing that's for sure, is that Sunset Over Imdahl is a true masterpiece of art. The graphics and story show tremendous skill, while the entirety of the game touches you right into your soul.
But enough about art. What exactly IS Sunset Over Imdahl? Well, it starts out when the city of Imdahl has been under siege for over 8 months. A little 13-year old boy wanders the deserted streets of the city after tending for his now deceased mother for several days. The siege has stopped after all inhabitants of the city, except this little boy, have been killed by the plague. Struck with grief, this kid wants to do everything he can in order to settle this. A mysterious man sends him back in time in order to prevent the plague from spreading in the city. This is the start of a hectic search for the plague-carrier, which takes place through all four seasons, hopping back and forth through time.
This game has unique graphics, to say the least. All backgrounds have been drawn by hand, while the characters are pixelpainted, SNES-style sprites. It certainly is an odd combination, which makes you wonder if it would work out. There's nothing to worry about, though, as both blend in perfectly and give the game that extra edge. The graphics perfect the atmosphere of the game and keeps you captivated from the very beginning right through to the last second of the end.
The music greatly adds to the atmosphere of the game as well. It might not be composed just for the game, but it doesn't matter. The songs are from Vivaldi's Four Seasons, each season-song for each season you visit. Amazingly enough, it fits like a charm, and'll never get boring, even if you spend a considerable amount of time in one screen.
Gameplay-wise, Sunset over Imdahl is innovative as well. It's an RPG, yeah, but it doesn't have leveling up, fighting and all the rest. You run around, solving puzzles and now and then get into a mini-game, or are given choices of how to act upon a certain matter. This makes the game perfect for all you pacifists out there.
It doesn't happen often, but now and then there's a game that you could just frame and hang up a wall. Sunset Over Imdahl is such a game. All lovers of good stories, interesting graphics, a story or an atmosphere that touches your soul all should try this little masterpiece.
Review by: Raf